M4/3 for birding

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Boss of Sony Senior Member • Posts: 2,298
Re: M4/3 for birding

Ontarian wrote:

Want to increase my current reach for birding from 480mm (35mm equiv) to 600mm or 800mm without the kit getting any heavier than my 3.25 lb / 1475 gm Canon kit. That pretty well puts me into the bridge or M4/3 camps.

I was thinking of the Lumix G9 IV or the Olympus E-M1 II as good options and pairing them with either the 100-300 or 100-400 lenses.

Anyone have experience with either of these setups?

Not worried about video performance, but AF and IQ are important.

Please check my gallery. GX85 + Olympus 70-300 (weight: 800g) is fine for non-flying birds. For flying birds, you will need a setup with better AF, or you will need to be lucky/skilled. Panasonic 100-400 + G9 or E-M1 II would be ideal, in my opinion. If you get a Panasonic camera, make sure you get a body with the improved shutter mechanism (GX85 or later bodies). You will get a lot of soft images at 600mm if you use earlier models.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm 1:4.8-6.7 II Olympus 9mm F8 Fish-Eye Body Cap Lens
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